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Our Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, made with brown sugar and whole rolled oats, are the best gluten free cookies ever! These soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies use simple ingredients for a wonderfully sweet treat you will love. Gluten free baking recipes don’t get any easier than this!
Not only are they easy to make, but they are so buttery, soft, and chewy. I love the flavor of these raisin filled cookies and how good they make my house smell when they’re baking!
Whether you are on a gluten free diet and want more gluten free cookies to choose from, or you’re just looking for the best oatmeal cookies recipe, I promise you, you will love this recipe.
🍽 What do I need to make cookies from scratch?
To make oatmeal cookies from scratch, you will need the following:
- 2 flat baking trays
- Baking paper
- A stand mixer or handheld beater
- A spatula or wooden spoon for mixing
- Tablespoon measure or ice cream/cookie scoop
This recipe is a simple case of beating sugar and butter, adding dry ingredients, then spooning them onto trays and baking for 12-15 minutes.
It can sometimes be tricky to bake gluten-free, but that certainly is not the case with these cookies. They are perfectly soft and chewy, filled with sweet and plump raisins and only simple ingredients.
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This is an easy oatmeal cookies recipe with few ingredients, so there are not many steps to follow. Even total beginners to baking can make them!
- unsalted butter, softened
- brown sugar
- egg, lightly beaten
- vanilla extract
- gluten-free all-purpose flour
- gluten-free baking powder
- ground cinnamon
- whole rolled oats
Brown Sugar Cookies
I use brown sugar when making these oat and raisin cookies. Brown sugar has a lot of flavor and a higher moisture content than regular granulated sugar. This adds to the softness and chewiness of the cookies and makes them even more buttery and delicious!
Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
While these are not flourless oatmeal raisin cookies, they do use a gluten free all-purpose flour that is readily available at your grocery store.
Gluten-Free Baking Powder
As for the baking powder, most baking powder is gluten free these days, but double check the package just in case!
What kind of oats are best for oatmeal cookies?
Use whole rolled oats. They have just the right texture, which is what makes these the most soft and chewy oatmeal cookies!
When it comes to oatmeal cookie recipes, old-fashioned whole rolled oats are better than steel-cut or quick oats.
On that note, make sure you’re buying certified gluten-free oats! Oats are naturally gluten-free, but during processing can come into contact with products containing gluten. Double-check the packaging of your oats!
True gluten-free oats are sold by certified gluten-free manufacturers, and this will be marked on the packaging. GF Harvest is a good example of a certified brand.
🔪 How to Make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 flat baking trays with baking paper.
- Using a stand mixer or handheld beater, beat butter and brown sugar until creamy. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl regularly.
- Beat in egg and vanilla extract, if using, until smooth.
Fold in gluten free all-purpose flour and baking powder,
ground cinnamon and raisins,
and then, finally, fold through whole rolled oats.
Mix all together.
- Shape heaped tablespoons of the oatmeal raisin cookie dough or use a cookie scoop and place on the trays about 1 ½ inches apart.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For full ingredient measurements, recipe tips, and more, keep scrolling to the recipe card below!
⭐ Family Foodie Tip
Light Brown Sugar vs. Dark Brown Sugar for Cookies
You can use light or dark brown sugar for these soft oatmeal raisin cookies. I use light brown sugar, but if you use dark brown sugar, your cookies will have a stronger taste that you may enjoy.
The difference is that dark brown sugar has more molasses than light brown sugar, which will really emphasize the flavor of cinnamon in these cookies.
Try both and see which you prefer!
👪 Serving Size
This recipe will make about 20 cookies, so it’s perfect for a few days worth of cookies or for sharing at a party!
I love making batches for the holidays! There are plenty of them, so they make a perfect holiday food gift.
Put them in a jar with a festive bow to give out during the holiday season. Everyone will love getting these easy oatmeal cookies as a gift!
🥛 What to Eat with Cookies
Nothing is better with a freshly baked batch of warm, raisin-filled cookies than a glass of milk. Cookies and milk is a classic combo you cannot go wrong with – gluten-free recipes are no exception!
I sometimes like to drizzle a little bit of Homemade Butterscotch Sauce over the top of my cookies. I find that extra butterscotch flavor is just so delicious with these easy oatmeal cookies.
If you want, you could even replace the raisins with butterscotch chips and make these into butterscotch oatmeal cookies topped with a bit of sauce, too. I just love that combination!
📖 Gluten-Free Baking Recipes
Do you love gluten-free baking recipes? Me too! I have more for you to try. Start with these…
- Ooey Gooey Brownies
- Cheerio Cereal Bars
- Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Gluten Free Biscuits
My favorite are the ooey gooey brownies. This fudge brownie recipe is so delicious and is completely gluten-free!
Our homemade cookie recipes are delicious, too. While these are not gluten-free recipes, most can easily be made gluten-free and are so yummy:
- Orange Cardamom Cookies
- Easy Peanut Butter Cookies with Mexican Chocolate
- Greek Wedding Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Guava Coconut Cookies
And for a no-bake cookie recipe, try our No Bake Pumpkin Cookies!
Did you try this gluten free oatmeal raisin cookie recipe? I would love to hear what you think! Leave a comment and a rating below and let me know how it turned out for you!
Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1 stick unsalted butter (about ½ cup)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- ½ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 ½ cups whole rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 flat baking trays with baking paper.Using a stand mixer or hand-held beater, beat 1 stick softened butter and ½ cup brown sugar until creamy. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl regularly.Beat in 1 egg and 1 tsp. vanilla if using until smooth.
- Fold in ½ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour, 2 tsp. gluten-free baking powder, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1 cup raisins, then finally fold through 2 ½ cups whole rolled oats.
- Shape heaped tablespoons of mixture or use a cookie scoop and place on the trays about 1 ½ inches apart.Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
- For best results you should always weigh ingredients like flour and sugar. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).
- Use brown sugar when making these gluten free oatmeal raisin cookies. Brown sugar has a bolder flavor and higher moisture content than regular sugar, which adds to both the moistness and chewiness of the cookies. It also enhances the butteriness (technical term, of course!). You can use light or dark brown sugar.
Photography by Marie Roffey.